How do you like Mara so far, after a couple of games with NYR ? Is he comfortable in his new role ? Whater, tell me what you think about him and the trade...
Big upgrade over Ward, I hope he gets some significant power play time because he's got a blast back there, gets it on or near the net, and can put up some points.
I liked Ward, but Boston really hosed themselves in this trade if you ask me. Mara is younger, makes a similar salary, is more mobile, and plays more of a well-rounded game than Ward, who is strictly a defensive guy - a good one, at that - with almost no offensive ability whatsoever.
Mara had a HUGE primary assist yesterday on the Rangers first goal that sparked the late-game come back. I think it was on the PP as well. He logged a solid 20 minutes as well. I think this was a steal of a trade by Satherony.
how he'll be used. Mara needs to get significant PP time and play with a defensive defenseman (Ward would've been a decent partner for him, interestingly enough). Unfortunately, I don't see him getting the PP time, and I think that'll affect him, but we'll see.
Insofar as the trade...I'm still up in the air. Not sure if I care much about the age because Ward didn't play like he was old and I believe Mara will be UFA at the end of next season, just like Ward, so age may be meaningless. Further, I think the Rangers needed to get stronger on defense, and they did not. Also, Ward had intangibles Mara does not, but the speculation is that those intangibles may've gotten him moved, if you believe the speculation. So who knows. I'm not jumping up and down either way.
I really like the trade but I will admit I didn't care for Ward. It seems everytime I turned on a game within minutes Ward would be going to the penalty box. Saying that I do think we over used him and that he could be a very solid 5th type dman. As for Mara, great heavy shot, good size and skating, and a fresh start. He may just fill the PP need we have lacked.
I like what I have seen of Mara thus far, its only been what 2 or 3 games, but he has a nice shot that I would like to see him use it more. On a side note, did anyone see the 4 consecutive bombs(one of which he scored on) Ward let go from the point in the Bruins/Devils game last night? I would have loved to see him do more of that on the Rangers.
Renney needs to get Mara significant power play time, something Lewis didn't do in Boston unless Chara was hurt. Mara played more on the PP last game than Rozsival did, so that was a good start. Let's see if it continues tonight against the Islanders.